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Reviews 2430 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Diversity: While there are many white people at USC, there are many other minorities as well. The Asian community is large, and there are many Hispanics, Blacks, and other minorities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There multiple greek parties on the row (the center of all the greek houses). But to be honest I really don't know much about the greek scene.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is extremely pleasant. It is always sunny and warm for most of the year. It can get cold during the winter but it rarely gets below 55F.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I really enjoy doing computer science. It is a great way to express yourself through coding games. In my first year I already created my first game. It was a great experience. I was able to see all the work that goes into created a game. There is a lot of work in this major but in the end it is worth it.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a very diverse range of food offered off campus however prices are average. There are some student discounts but not many that will benefit students.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is a good range of libraries for students to use on campus. However, each library is dedicated specially for a major or purpose so it can get confusing.

3 College Senior

Academics: The registration process for our social work program is a little complex. There were little explanation regarding the process rather than an email and online document. However, they do provide a good range of courses however professors abilities and actually skills ranges.

3 College Senior

Facilities: USC is a high spirited campus with a diverse range of activities however lacks the some participation from graduate students.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm a social work major at USC, and the courses are unique and beneficial for students since it entails all aspects of policy, behavioral theories etc for students. USC also provides student an array of internships that are split into a 2 day a week program that reinforces the materials and teaching we received from our courses.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're in Greek life, it's probably the center of your world. I am greek, and I couldn't imagine life without it. It is great for networking- so many people i know have gotten jobs and internships out of connections they've made here! Along with that it is incredible for the friendships you make because it puts you in a smaller community within USC and the small family you have within your house. Not to mention, its greeks that run the party scene at SC. But in the same token, the people I know who aren't involved in it have had a great experience at SC too.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit here is ridiculous. We are all about USC!!! we obviously have legendary football, but going to volleyball, baseball, basketball and waterpolo are some of students favorite things as well. The athletic facilities for athletes are out- of- this- world amazing, but you only get to see the if you're an athlete. The Lyon Center, which is the school's normal gym is very nice, but definitely disappointing when you know how good the athletes have got it. They're rebuilding the pool area at the Lyon Center this year too

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Since USC is located in an urban neighborhood, often times there is a question about student safety in regards to how students can be safe when they are off campus. It is safe if students stay near campus and avoid walking with expensive electronics out in the open to avoid being robbed. Nearby campus are many local restaurants and the school tends to host many events, such as the "Festival of Books" annually. There is also the LA county fair, which is held right outside of the campus in the streets. Streets are closed off for large events like Billboard awards, and major events in downtown like the LA Lakers basketball game at the Staples Center as well as X-treme games, etc. Lots of activities and events in the greater Los Angeles areas as well as eateries and shopping. USC's football games are very popular and they are held at the Coliseum.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are many students from diverse religious backgrounds and political beliefs. Some current challenges at the university is the great economic divide between students from a higher SES background versus students from low-income backgrounds due to the fact that this university is a private university and its tuition rates are double that of a state university or the universities of California. Farthermore, majors like Social Work do not receive as much alumni funding and support as majors such as Business/Economics, Film, and so on. It's difficult for students to find scholarship as well due to the lack of student life such as student run organizations other than sororities and fraternities on campus. The majority of students in this school are International Asian Pacific Islander and Caucasian with very few Mexican/Latino and Blacks.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Declaring a major within Dornslife usually just requires you to meet with an advisor and sign a sheet, pretty easy. However, if you want to apply for a professional school, such as journalism in Annenberg or business in Marshall, you have to complete a supplemental application that often asks for a certain gpa, unit completion, letters of rec, etc. Advisers are really helpful and will answer any questions you have. They will also help you plan your four years with double majors or majors and minor combinations that will allow you to graduate on time.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students can easily access the Metro or take a bus from campus. There's also Campus Cruiser which is a free service to students from 6pm to very early in the morning that will drive them within a certain radius around the school, around a mile. Perfect to get picked up from late parties or class and be dropped off at your apartment. Zip Cars are available for rent on campus. You can get one as cheap as 9 dollars an hour or one solid fee for a day, and so on.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As long as you meet deadlines and provide everything they as for, you will get the assistance you need. However, pay attention to the deadlines for individual scholarships that the school has to offer (i.e Latino Alumni Scholarship) because they have supplemental applications.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I love USC because there is a variety of people who attend. Every one is an over achiever but they can also be a great support system

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Because the campus is centered in a high crime area, there are always alerts sent via email of someone getting robbed or their home or apartment broken into.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The places on campus are really good and what is so great about USC is that if you show your id off campus to various food places in the area, you get a discount!

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Have been on the full tour..just a few walk ins really into army rotc since they have here

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very nice and social campus...lots of programs and all around great campus

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is part of the culture at USC, and I would say many students do it, although there is also plenty of space at USC for people who don't want to participate in the drinking culture. Many people smoke weed or cigarettes, but drugs are much less common, although not unheard of.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing provided by USC is pretty clean and nice. It can be quite expensive. Safety is always an issue in the neighborhood, but University apartments are monitored by DPS and the University has taken many steps to ensure safety. Parking is also expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Happy with the flexibility that my program offers, but job options will be limited should I decide to pursue work within the United States.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Limited availability to grad students. Many more options for grad and undergrad students from California


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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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